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Madrid, Spain

The Bust of Pablo Iglesias Posse

Shrapnel, dynamite, bullets and Franco couldn't destroy this bust, rescued and kept hidden as a family secret for over 40 years.
Madrid, Spain

The Lady of Elche

An iconic and controversial ancient Iberian funerary urn with a hauntingly penetrating gaze.
Varna, Bulgaria

Retro Museum

The Grand Mall in Varna hosts one of the biggest collections of Soviet-era paraphernalia in Bulgaria.
Athens, Greece

Archaeological Site inside Monastiraki Metro Station

View the ancient remains of buildings and the ancient "River of Hades" before hopping on a train.
Athens, Greece

Gestapo Interrogation Memorial

The site where hundreds of Greeks were tortured by the Nazi secret police is now a cosmetics store.
Athens, Greece

Theatre of Dionysus

Heralded as the world's first theater, these ruins are often overlooked as they reside in the shadows of the Acropolis.
Athens, Greece

The Athenian Agora

This ancient Greek place of assembly and marketplace is being revealed layer by layer below the modern Athens cityscape.
Bucharest, Romania

Cărturești Carusel Bookstore

This once-derelict building is now one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world.
Lochiel, Australia

Lake Bumbunga

This salt lake in South Australia features seasonal color changes and its very own loch monster.
Arlandastad, Sweden

Flygbussarna

Sculpture of a bus made from wrecked passenger cars.
Rugby, North Dakota

The Geographical Center of North America

A monument to the center of the North American continent may be off by a few miles.
Da Nang, Vietnam

Fire-Breathing Dragon Bridge

This bridge is embedded with a giant steel dragon that breathes fire from its mouth.
Hanoi, Vietnam

Statue of Lenin

A gift from the Soviet Union in the 1980s, this is the only statue of the Soviet dictator in Southeast Asia.
Hanoi, Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

Ho Chi Minh's perfectly preserved body has been on display here since 1975.
Hanoi, Vietnam

Anthony Bourdain and Barack Obama's Dinner Table

The spot where the two men ate together now stands enclosed in glass.
Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi's Train Street

Twice a day a speeding train passes only inches from the homes of this residential neighborhood.
Göttingen, Germany

Heinz Erhardt Stele

A comedic homage to a beloved German actor.
Tokyo, Japan

Onihei Jokei “Historical” Markers

“Historical” markers commemorating the sites of fictional events depicted in a popular jidaigeki novel series.
Portslade, England

Portslade ‘Gassie’

This desolate boat was once a key form of public transportation for Portslade residents.
El Salto, Mexico

The Deadly Rio Lerma

The Rio Lerma (Chignahuapan) in El Salto, Mexico, is one of the most polluted rivers in the world. It’s covered in white foam, and falling in can kill.
Dunedin, New Zealand

Larnach Castle

One of New Zealand’s few castles boasts beautiful gardens, grand architecture, and a history filled with family drama.
Wanaka, New Zealand

Puzzling World

New Zealand's epic shrine to all things puzzling.
Vientiane, Laos

Lao National Museum

American bombs, morbid memorabilia, and graphic photographs tell the story of the CIA-led “Secret War” from the Pathet Lao perspective.
Vientiane, Laos

Patuxai

When the USA donated cement and funds to expand the airport in Laos, the Laotians built a massive monument instead.